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Clever Illustrations of Fashion Designers as Their Own Logos

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Fewer industries take themselves more seriously than fashion, and thus fewer industries leave themselves open wider to talented pranksters like illustrator Mike Frederiqo. In his latest series, which we spotted via Beautiful/Decay, the 23-year-old artist has drawn iconic designers like Yves Saint Laurent and fashion personalities like Anna Wintour, contorted into the logos that mark their work. One could interpret the series as a jab at fashion’s relationship with body image, or even the dominance of global mega-brands over the individual artistic voice… or one could simply laugh at the sight of Karl Lagerfeld flipping himself into a backwards “C.” Click through for more.
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Preview Juergen Teller’s Controversial Photographs

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Just in time for New York Fashion Week, Juergen Teller, the German-born photographer most known for his cheeky refusal to keep his ad campaigns for designers like Helmut Lang, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, and Marc Jacobs distinct from his most intimate, non-commissioned images, has an exciting new show opening at Lehmann Maupin. “I don’t really see it as commercial work when I do commercial work,” he has explained. “I see it more like… Let’s say somebody wants to do an independent film, right? They have to cast actresses and choose locations and all that. So I’m just using this stuff to create my own fantasies and dreams.”

The exhibition gives a prime sample of Teller’s no-holds-barred approach to picture-taking, which at times has lent his work an air of contention. Divided into three groups, the first series of Teller’s show features alluring portraits of Vivienne Westwood (wearing nothing but her fiery red mane) and photos of model Kristen McMenamy, which were controversial for their purportedly “pornographic” quality. The second set, Men and Women, depicts what some see as representations of the stages of masculinity — from coming-of-age to loss of virility — as contrasted with female power. The third grouping, Keys to the House, features intimate shots of friends and family as well as landscape photos taken at Teller’s home in Suffolk, UK. Click through our slideshow for a sample of photos from this bold, racy, and beautiful show.
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A Brief Survey of Celebrities and Artists Dressed as Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol’s art was all about reappropriation and recontextualization, so the many pop-culture portrayals of the artist seem like the best possible tribute. Everyone from Guy Pearce to David Bowie has done Warhol on the big screen, and today an image of Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader playing the role in Men in Black III is making the rounds. (Side note: Anyone have a clue what Warhol is even doing in this movie?) Artists have also been known to don the white wig for conceptual commentaries on pop art — and, sometimes, celebrities get dolled up as Warhol just for kicks (or magazine covers). Check out some notable impersonations after the jump.
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In Search of Allure: The Quotable Diana Vreeland

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In the new foreword for Chronicle Books’ recent reissue of Diana Vreeland’s Allure, fashion designer Marc Jacobs writes, “I think no one has ever been like her. There have been many strong characters, but there’s never been another Diana Vreeland.” The book, which is a collection of images that inspired the famed fashion editor, alongside her commentary, which was tape recorded over the three years it took to put the collection together, gives readers an intimate glimpse into Vreeland’s brilliant mind. Thanks to her bizarre way with words — which her collaborator, Christopher Hemphill, attributes to an early childhood in Paris — it’s a beautiful tome on style that’s also immensely entertaining.
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7 Countercultures Co-Opted By High Fashion

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New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn is sick of punk. She is bored with hearing Sid Vicious’s version of “My Way” — a painfully appropriate cover that, in our opinion, never gets old. If she never had to see another safety pin, it would be too soon. The take-home, listeners of loud, snotty music, is that “punk is now a style cliché.” And the idea of Balmain putting a high-fashion price tag on a leather jacket covered in spikes is, frankly, “a joke — and not even a very clever one.” Got that, 15-year-old Johnny, with your ripped jeans and your mohawk?

For our part, we enjoyed the Balmain collection Horyn describes, which manages to balance punk and fashion in a fun, witty way. (In fact, there’s a pair of black-and-silver striped pants in there that we’ll probably dream about tonight.) And considering that designers have played a major part in the punk movement since its inception, we find it both historically ignorant and totally unimaginative to declare them antithetical to one another. What’s more, counterculture has provided inspiration for haute couture for as long as both have existed. After the jump, we review seven movements that have been co-opted, often to great effect, by high fashion.
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